Mass Readings & Missal

Year B. 11th Sunday Ordinary Time

16th June 2024

INTRODUCTION (Commentator) 

Good evening/morning everyone. My name is …………….. and I would like to wish you a warm welcome to our Mass at Holy Spirit Church, Kurri Kurri/ St Joseph’s, Cessnock/ St Francis Xavier’s Abermain.
The priest celebrating with us today is Father Martin (and assisting him is Deacon Viane.)

In the first and third readings, Ezekiel and Jesus use agricultural images to speak of God’s mysterious presence in our midst and how his plan to save his people happens in a quiet and often invisible way. In the second reading Paul expresses his strong desire to please the Lord in all things.

Please stand for our processional hymn:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And with your spirit.



Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters,

that I have greatly sinned,

in my thoughts and in my words,

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

through my fault, through my fault,

through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,

all the Angels and Saints,

and you, my brothers and sisters,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.


May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life. AMEN


Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you; we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory, 

Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God, the Father.   AMEN



O God, strength of those who hope in you,

graciously hear our pleas,

and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing,

grant us always the help of your grace,

that in following your commands

we may please you by our resolve and our deeds.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.



Ezekiel 17:22-24

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel

I have made the small tree great.

The Lord says this:

‘From the top of the cedar,

from the highest branch I will take a shoot

and plant it myself on a very high mountain.

I will plant it on the high mountain of Israel.

It will sprout branches and bear fruit,

and become a noble cedar.

Every kind of bird will live beneath it,

every winged creature rest in the shade of its branches.

And every tree of the field will learn that I, the Lord, am the one

who stunts tall trees and makes the low ones grow,

who withers green trees and makes the withered green.

I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it.’

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.



Ps 91:2-3. 13-16. R. see v.2

(R.) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

1.     It is good to give thanks to the Lord    

to make music to your name, O Most High,

to proclaim your love in the morning

and your truth in the watches of the night. (R.)


2.     The just will flourish like the palm-tree

and grow like a Lebanon cedar. (R.)


3.     Planted in the house of the Lord

they will flourish in the courts of our God,

still bearing fruit when they are old,

still full of sap, still green,

to proclaim that the Lord is just.

In him, my rock, there is no wrong. (R.)



2 Corinthians 5:6-10

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians

Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.

We are always full of confidence when we remember that to live in the body means to be exiled from the Lord, going as we do by faith and not by sight – we are full of confidence, I say, and actually want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord. Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing him. For all the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ, and each of us will get what he deserves for the things he did in the body, good or bad.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.



John 12:31. 32

Alleluia, alleluia!

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;

all who come to him will live for ever.





Mark 4:26-34

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

The mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds, grows into the biggest shrub of all.

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time; he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can

shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.






I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the Only Begotten Son of God,

born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

(At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.)

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,

he suffered death and was buried,

and rose again on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come.   AMEN





To God the Father almighty, dear brothers, and sisters, may every prayer of our heart be directed,

for his will it is that all humanity should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.


1.   We pray that the Holy Father Pope Francis will cultivate the Church on earth through the redemption of all creation.

(pause) Lord, hear us.
All: Lord hear our prayer.


2.   We pray that those who work on the land will remember the Lord’s environment in their tending and be blessed with flourishing growth and produce.

 (pause) Lord, hear us.
All: Lord hear our prayer.


3.   We pray for the protection of the right to life, through all stages of life, conception to natural death.

    (pause) Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.


4.   We pray that parents and teachers will be guided by the Holy Spirit as they teach and nurture the children in their care. (pause) Let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord hear our prayer.


5.   We pray for peace and justice will reign among nations.  Our prayers are with the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa.

(pause) Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord hear our prayer.


6.   We pray that the sick and housebound in our parish will be comforted by our practical care and concern. (pause) Let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.

7.   That those who have died may rejoice in the heavenly kingdom, including those recently deceased …….and the anniversaries that occur at this time. (pause) Let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord hear our prayer.


O God, how generous is your love for us. Hear the prayer of your people and help us to work unceasingly for the coming of your kingdom.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.





O God, who in the offerings presented here

provide for the twofold needs of human nature,

nourishing us with food

and renewing us with your Sacrament,

grant, we pray,

that the sustenance they provide

may not fail us in body or in spirit.

Through Christ our Lord.


The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.


It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Christ our Lord.


For through his Paschal Mystery,

he accomplished the marvellous deed,

by which he has freed us from the yoke of sin and death,

summoning us to the glory of being now called

a chosen race, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation, a people for your own possession,

to proclaim everywhere your mighty works,

for you have called us out of darkness

into your own wonderful light.


And so, with Angels and Archangels,

with Thrones and Dominions,

and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,

we sing the hymn of your glory,

as without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



Save us, Saviour of the world,

for by your cross and Resurrection

you have set us free.



As this reception of your Holy Communion, O Lord,

foreshadows the union of the faithful in you,

so may it bring about unity in your Church.

Through Christ our Lord.




Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.









© The scriptural quotations are taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Co Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. The English translation of the Psalm Responses, the Alleluia and Gospel Verses, and the Lenten Gospel Acclamations, and the Titles, Summaries, and Conclusion of the Readings, from the Lectionary for Mass © 1997, 1981, 1968, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. The prayers are from the English Translation of the Roman Missal © 2010 International Committee on English in the Liturgy Inc. (ICEL). All rights reserved.